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Why I support Allan Fung for Governor

This year, Rhode Island is embroiled in an important race for governor. They really have only two choices: Republican Allan Fung and Democrat Gina Raimondo. Joe Trillo could very well be a Raimondo plant. He seems to have a personal vendetta against Allan Fung that transcends this election.

Nicholas Alahverdian, Gina Raimondo
Gina Raimondo — failing for four years © 2018 Nicholas Alahverdian

The failures of Gina Raimondo

Gina Raimondo has had an awful run over the past 3 and a half years. She is responsible for the disaster at the Department of Children, Youth and Families. There is now an active federal investigation and audit against the DCYF — again. She is responsible for the Unified Healthcare Infrastructure Project (UHIP) disaster. UHIP has now cost the state $660,000,000.00 due to the failures of Deloitte, the company brought in to build the IT behemoth.

Nicholas Alahverdian, Allan Fung
Nicholas Alahverdian

Under Gina Raimondo’s tenure, we have seen a 1,450% increase in child deaths or near deaths for children in DCYF care. This is unconscionable. We have also seen Gina hire away a Providence Journal reporter, Jennifer Bogdan, to work in the Governor’s press office. This is the one of the worst examples of political thievery I have seen in my 17 years in Rhode Island state politics. The governor hired away a reporter to stop reporting on the state-sanctioned tortured and killing of children. Think about that.

Gina Raimondo has brought the state to its knees. Nicholas Mattiello, Speaker of the Rhode Island House of Representatives, makes things even worse. They both fail Rhode Islanders because of the UHIP fiasco, the DCYF deaths, the loss of the Pawtucket Red Sox, the distorted data in the state’s online transparency portal, and too many other errors to name.

Nicholas Alahverdian, State House
RI State House © 2017 Nicholas Alahverdian

The success of Mayor Allan Fung

Allan Fung, in contrast, presides over one of the top 50 cities in America. He is an honest, sincere mayor of the second largest city in Rhode Island. Fung listens to his constituents and hears what they have to say. Simply put, Fung will do the same thing in the Governor’s office. He will listen, weigh the options, and decide the best course of action.

With Gina Raimondo, we have seen inaction. We have seen policymaker after policymaker in her wretched and poorly-run departments depart in shame. We have seen unqualified and uncertified individuals performing tasks costing Rhode Island millions  — like law — when they do not have the necessary qualifications to do so. Gina is in this for herself and her future political career. Raimondo does not have the best interests of Rhode Islanders in her heart.

Gina Raimondo is a wealthy East Side limousine liberal. She is cut from the same cloth as those who speak endlessly about “working families” and supporting the average Rhode Islander. At the end of the day though, her security detail drives her back to her lush East Side home where she can live her life in peace and prosperity with her family while Rhode Islanders suffer and kids in DCYF care are tortured and killed.

Apparently caring about working Rhode Islanders only lasts until 5pm on a weekday.

Allan Fung will be the antithesis of Gina Raimondo. Dare I say he will be the anti-Gina Raimondo. He will bring back jobs, he will lower taxes, and he will protect kids in DCYF care. There is no question in this election — Gina Raimondo is inherently unfit to be governor due to the numerous disasters we’ve seen in four short years.

Rhode Islanders can be guaranteed that if Allan Fung is elected, from 2019 on we will see a Rhode Island with more possibilities. We will see an air of optimism and not despair. Allan will do his best to bring the spirit of dynamism back to the Ocean State — something we’ve sadly been long without.

Nicholas Alahverdian, DCYF
DCYF Headquarters © 2017 Nicholas Alahverdian

Not the Ol’ Boys Club anymore — Gina leads the “Troll Girls Club”

Gina Raimondo presides over a state in which the gears grind on political deals and an ol’ boys club culture. That has now turned into a troll girls club. I use the term ‘troll girls club’ not as a mark of disrespect, but because Gina is trolling Allan Fung. She refuses to debate him one-on-one without the distraction of Joe Trillo, the candidate without a chance. She is blasé at his suggestions for leadership tactics that will work. And she dismisses his common sense solutions to fix state departments.

Allan Fung, Nicholas Alahverdian
Nicholas Alahverdian supports Allan Fung for Governor

Rhode Island will thrive with Governor Fung

Rhode Island is lost in the woods. Gina Raimondo will continue to lead broken departments where kids are killed, DMV lines go out the door, and unqualified professionals make executive decisions.

I am confident that inept lifetime bureaucrats like Mike Burk and Kevin Aucoin will finally be shown the door at DCYF, ending their reign of terror once and for all. Allan Fung will audit and analyze each and every facet of DCYF to ensure that the agency is the epitome of what a child welfare system should be from when he is elected and into the future.

Allan Fung will provide real leadership from day one. He is a hands-on mayor and he will be a hands-on Governor. He will repair the Ocean State and give it what it needs — a boost in its economy and its self-esteem. With Allan at the helm, kids will be safer, jobs will increase, and more money will flow into the state than ever. He will be Rhode Island’s champion — and relentlessly fight for our families and children.

Allan will fight for you.


Nicholas Alahverdian is a Harvard-educated scholar and political activist. As an adolescent, Nicholas survived torture and abuse inflicted upon him by the Rhode Island government under the direct orders of a chief judge and a governor following his political activism against them while Alahverdian was an employee of the Rhode Island House of Representatives.

Nicholas was sent to two facilities far from New England that had extensive records of torture, abuse, and negligence. He was forced to remain in these abusive facilities until his 18th birthday and was not allowed to contact anyone, go to school, or prepare for adulthood. Alahverdian survived the torture, sued his abusers, settled in court, and studied at Harvard University.

The primary scholarly focus of Nicholas Alahverdian is the intersection of philology, rhetoric, and politics. He has been featured in The Providence Journal, NPR, BBC, NBC, CBS, and ABC News as well as The Buddy Cianci Show, The Boston Globe and countless other media entities.

Nicholas Alahverdian exige que Gina Raimondo abandone a campanha do governador devido ao abuso generalizado e morte de crianças

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Para sua liberação imediata
18 de outubro de 2018

O acadêmico de Harvard e ativista da reforma do DCYF, Nicholas Alahverdian, desencadeou um aviso feroz para o povo de Rhode Island hoje depois de descobrir que mais crianças aos cuidados do Departamento de Crianças, Jovens e Famílias de Rhode Island (DCYF) foram assassinado ou quase morto desde que governador Gina Raimondo e presidente da Câmara dos Representantes Nicholas Mattiello subiram ao poder no governo do estado.

Nicholas Alahverdian, 2018, Election, Endorsements

O relatório é publicado pelo escritório de Nicholas Alahverdian, juntamente com um vídeo detalhando as falhas de Raimondo e Mattiello que podem ser vistos em https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MiM09Hic0RI

“Isso é o que encontramos”, disse Nicholas Alahverdian. “Analisamos tudo, desde os arquivos do Providence Journal até as solicitações do FOIA. As crianças nos cuidados do DCYF correm mais riscos do que nunca. Este é um ano eleitoral e não posso ignorar o óbvio: Gina Raimondo e Nicholas Mattiello falharam. Não há ordens executivas ou legislação para ajudar as crianças. Por causa disso, as crianças dos lares adotivos do DCYF estão morrendo ”.

“Gina Raimondo e Nicholas Mattiello têm sangue nas mãos”, continuou Nicholas Alahverdian. “Uma das últimas vezes que uma criança morreu no estado foi o caso de Thomas” T.J. “Wright, sob a administração do ex-governador Donald Carcieri. Coincidentemente, eu tive o mesmo assistente social que o pequeno T.J. Wright.

Nicholas Alahverdian, Gina Raimondo
Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo

Durante o mesmo tempo em que Thomas foi morto em Woonsocket, fui torturado e estuprado na Flórida. Tudo isso aconteceu no mês de outubro de 2004. A pobre Patricia Chabot estava tão sobrecarregada com uma alta taxa de casos que uma criança foi torturada e estuprada e outra morta, tudo em um mês. Esta prática continua inabalável até hoje sob a administração de Raimondo, exceto que é literalmente e exatamente 1.450% pior “.

À medida que a eleição de 2018 se aproxima, é importante destacar os atuais funcionários. “Tivemos mais de 30 mortes ou quase mortes nos últimos 3 anos e meio”, disse Nicholas Alahverdian. “Gina Raimondo, em seu onipresente tom blasé, descartou os problemas do DCYF como” de longa data. “Embora esses problemas sejam de longa duração, essas crianças mortas têm 8 e 9 anos. Elas não têm uma chance justa de vida”.

Quanto à situação do presidente da Câmara dos Representantes Nicholas Mattiello, Alahverdian estava furioso consideravelmente: “Mais de 50% da Câmara dos Deputados aprovou um projeto de lei geral e as contas individuais de revisão DCYF. A legislação nunca foi votada “.

“O consultor jurídico Nicholas Mattiello e os membros da Comissão Mista de Serviços Legislativos da trabalhado ativamente para inibir qualquer legislação que iria melhorar ou revisar DCYF. Vicariamente, Nicholas Mattiello é co-responsável pelas mortes e abusos sofridos pelas crianças sob os cuidados do DCYF. ”

Nicholas Alahverdian, Nicholas Mattiello
Nicholas Mattiello, Speaker of the House

Nicholas Alahverdian, ex-conselheiro legislativo da Câmara dos Representantes de Rhode Island contratado com a idade de 14, tem lutado para a reforma DCYF desde 2002. Alahverdian sofreu tortura, abuso e negligência no programa infame todas as noites no mesmo tempo que funcionou para o governo do estado.

Quando os legisladores e os meios de comunicação começaram a agir e relatou o abuso Alahverdian estava sofrendo, ele foi exilado pelo juiz da Vara de Família Jeremiah S. Jeremias e Donald L. Carcieri Governador de duas instalações: Manatee Palms na Flórida e Centro Residencial Residencial Boys Town em Nebraska – que mais tarde foram fechados por seus próprios estados para tortura, abuso e negligência. Durante esse período de tempo, Alahverdian não permitidos entrar em contato com quaisquer advogados, tribunais, assistentes sociais DCYF, a polícia.

Alahverdian mais tarde processou seus agressores em um tribunal federal de Rhode Island, ele liderou uma tentativa de Estado e ataque legislativo federal para tentar melhorar as políticas e práticas DCYF, e estudou literatura comparada na Universidade de Harvard.

Nicholas Alahverdian apóia Allan Fung: “Vote em Allan Fung para proteger as crianças de Rhode Island!”

 

 

Nicholas Alahverdian exige a Gina Raimondo abandonar la campaña del gobernador debido a un amplio abuso y muerte de niños

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18 de octubre de 2018

Gina Raimondo

El académico de Harvard y activista de la reforma de DCYF, Nicholas Alahverdian, desató una feroz advertencia a la gente de Rhode Island hoy después de descubrir que más niños al cuidado del Departamento de Niños, Jóvenes y Familias de Rhode Island (DCYF) han sido asesinados o casi asesinados desde que el Gobernador Gina Raimondo y el presidente de la cámara de representantes Nicholas Mattiello se han elevado al poder en el gobierno estatal.

El informe es publicado por la Oficina de Nicholas Alahverdian junto con un video que detalla los fallos de Raimondo y Mattiello que se puede ver en https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MiM09Hic0RI

“Esto es lo que encontramos”, dijo Nicholas Alahverdian. “Analizamos todo, desde los archivos de Providence Journal hasta las solicitudes de la FOIA. Los niños bajo el cuidado de DCYF están más en riesgo que nunca. Este es un año electoral y no me ignoro decir lo obvio: Gina Raimondo y Nicholas Mattiello han fracasado. No hay órdenes ejecutivas ni legislación para ayudar a los niños. Debido a esto, los niños en hogares de guarda de DCYF están muriendo “.

Nicholas Alahverdian, Harvard
Harvard scholar Nicholas Alahverdian

“Gina Raimondo y Nicholas Mattiello tienen sangre en sus manos”, continuó Nicholas Alahverdian. “Una de las últimas veces que un niño murió en la atención estatal fue el caso de Thomas “T.J.” Wright, bajo la administración del ex gobernador Donald Carcieri. Casualmente, tuve la misma trabajadora social que la pequeña T.J. Wright

Durante el mismo tiempo en que mataron a Thomas en Woonsocket, fui torturado y violado en Florida. Todo esto sucedió en el mes de octubre de 2004. La pobre Patricia Chabot estaba tan sobrecargada con una alta tasa de casos que tuvo un niño torturado y violado y otro muerto, todo en un mes. Esta práctica continúa sin cesar hasta el día de hoy bajo la administración de Raimondo, excepto que es literalmente y exactamente 1,450% peor “.

A medida que se acerca la elección de 2018, es importante destacar a los actuales funcionarios. “Hemos tenido más de 30 muertes o casi muertes en los últimos 3 años y medio”, dijo Nicholas Alahverdian. “Gina Raimondo, en su tono blasé omnipresente, ha descartado los problemas de DCYF como” de larga data. “Aunque estos problemas son de larga data, estos niños muertos tienen 8 y 9. No se les da una oportunidad justa de vida”.

Nicholas Alahverdian, Rhode Island, State House

Con respecto a la situación del presidente del Casa of RepresentantesNicholas Mattiello, Alahverdian se enfureció considerablemente: “Más del 50% de la Cámara de Representantes apoyó un proyecto de ley general y proyectos de ley individuales para revisar DCYF. La legislación nunca fue votada.”

“El asesor legal de Nicholas Mattiello y los miembros del Comité de Servicios Legislativos Conjuntos trabajaron para inhibir activamente cualquier legislación que pudiera mejorar o revisar DCYF. Vicariamente, Nicholas Mattiello es responsable conjunto de las muertes y abusos sufridos por los niños bajo el cuidado de DCYF. ”

Nicholas Alahverdian, ex asesor legislativo de la Cámara de Representantes de Rhode Island contratada a la edad de 14 años, ha estado luchando por la reforma de DCYF desde 2002. Alahverdian sufrió tortura, abuso y negligencia en el infame programa de noche a noche en el mismo Tiempo que trabajó para el gobierno estatal.

Cuando los legisladores y los medios de comunicación comenzaron a actuar e informaron sobre el abuso que Alahverdian estaba sufriendo, fue exiliado por el Juez de la Corte de Familia Jeremiah S. Jeremiah y el Gobernador Donald L. Carcieri a dos instalaciones: Manatee Palms en Florida y Boys Town Residential Residential Center en Nebraska – que más tarde fueron cerrados por sus propios estados por tortura, abuso y negligencia. Durante ese período de tiempo, a Alahverdian no se le permitió ponerse en contacto con nadie: abogados, tribunales, trabajadores sociales de DCYF, la policía.

Alahverdian más tarde demandó a sus abusadores en un tribunal federal de Rhode Island, dirigió un intento de ataque legislativo estatal y federal para intentar mejorar las políticas y prácticas de DCYF, y estudió literatura comparada en la Universidad de Harvard.

Nicholas Alahverdian apoya a Allan Fung: “Vote por Allan Fung para proteger a los niños de Rhode Island!”

Email: nalahverdian@gmail.com


Nicholas Alahverdian es un académico y activista político educado en Harvard. Como adolescente, Nicholas sobrevivió a la tortura y los abusos que le infligió el gobierno de Rhode Island bajo las órdenes directas de un juez principal y un gobernador después de su activismo político contra ellos, mientras que Alahverdian era empleado de la Rhode Island Cámara de Representantes. Nicholas fue enviado a dos instalaciones lejos de Nueva Inglaterra que tenían extensos registros de tortura, abuso y negligencia. Se vio obligado a permanecer en estas instalaciones abusivas hasta que cumplió 18 años y no se le permitió ponerse en contacto con nadie, ir a la escuela ni prepararse para la edad adulta. Alahverdian sobrevivió a la tortura, demandó a sus abusadores, se estableció en la corte y estudió en la Universidad de Harvard.

Nicholas Alahverdian uncovers 1,450% increase in child deaths or near-deaths since Gina Raimondo elected

DCYF expert releases statement on foster child deaths during the first 3 years of the tenure of Governor Gina Raimondo

MORE CHILDREN IN DCYF CARE HAVE DIED UNDER SPEAKER MATTIELLO AND GOVERNOR RAIMONDO THAN ANY OTHER SPEAKER AND GOVERNOR COMBINED

Nicholas Alahverdian uncovers 1,450% increase in child deaths or near-deaths since Gina Raimondo was inaugurated

PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OCTOBER 18, 2018

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (nicholasalahverdian.com) — Harvard scholar and DCYF reform activist Nicholas Alahverdian unleashed a fierce warning to the people of Rhode Island today after discovering that more children in the care of the Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) have been killed or nearly killed since Governor Gina Raimondo and Speaker Nicholas Mattiello have risen to power in state government. 

Gina Raimondo
Gov. Gina Raimondo has turned a blind eye to the chaos at DCYF

The report is released by the Office of Nicholas Alahverdian in conjunction with a video detailing the failures of Raimondo and Mattiello which can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MiM09Hic0RI

“What we have found,” said Nicholas Alahverdian, “Through diving into everything from Providence Journal archives to FOIA requests, is that children in DCYF care are more at risk than ever. This is an election year and I take no ignominy in stating the obvious: Gina Raimondo and Nicholas Mattiello have not — though executive order or legislation — done anything to substantially curve this dangerous trend of dead or nearly-dead DCYF kids.”

Nicholas Alahverdian, Gina Raimondo
Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo

“Gina Raimondo and Nicholas Mattiello have blood on their hands,” Nicholas Alahverdian continued. “One of the last times a child died in state care was the case of Thomas Wright, under the administration of former Governor Donald Carcieri. Coincidentally, I had the same social worker as little T.J. Wright — and while he was being killed in Woonsocket, I was being tortured and raped in Florida — all in the month of October 2004. Poor Patricia Chabot was so overburdened with a high rate of cases that she had one kid being tortured and raped and another ending up dead — all in one month. This practice continues unabated to this day under the Raimondo administration — except it is literally and exactly 1,450% worse.”

Nicholas Alahverdian, Nicholas Mattiello
Nicholas Mattiello, Speaker of the House

As the 2018 election draws near, it is important to highlight the records of the incumbents. “We have had over 30 deaths or near-deaths in the past 3 and a half years,” said Nicholas Alahverdian. “Gina Raimondo, in her ubiquitous blasé tone, has dismissed DCYF issues as ‘longstanding.’ While these issues are longstanding, these dead kids are 8 and 9 years old. They are not given a fair chance at life.”

Turning to the situation of Speaker Nicholas Mattiello, Alahverdian was considerably infuriated: “Over 50% of the House Chamber supported an omnibus bill and individual bills to overhaul DCYF. Not one bill — bills which were introduced year after year — made it out of committee. Not one. Nicholas Mattiello’s legal counsel and members of the Joint Committee on Legislative Services worked to actively inhibit any legislation that would improve or overhaul DCYF. Vicariously, Nicholas Mattiello is jointly responsible for the deaths and abuse suffered by children in DCYF care.” 

Nicholas Alahverdian, Harvard
Harvard scholar Nicholas Alahverdian

The study, conducted by Nicholas Alahverdian and his team of researchers, found that within the past three gubernatorial administrations, there has been a stark increase in DCYF child deaths since Raimondo became Governor. “In 2008, DCYF investigated reports of the death of a child in their care. In 2003, we saw the tragic death of T.J. Wright. Within a five year timespan, we had two investigations of DCYF-related deaths,” said Alahverdian. In the Chafee administration from 2011 to 2015, there were no child deaths. Yet under Gina Raimondo, we as a state have to take a seat and say to ourselves ‘within 4 years there have been over 30 deaths or near-deaths’” 

“It’s unconscionable,” said Alahverdian. “We have dead Rhode Island kids while Raimondo mingles in glitzy ballrooms raising funds for her campaign — policies which, by practice, include the disregard of DCYF-related killings.” 

Mike Chippendale, Nicholas Alahverdian, Doreen Costa, DCYF
Rep Michael Chippendale, Lobbyist Nicholas Alahverdian, and Rep. Doreen Costa at the Rhode Island State House Press Conference on DCYF

Nicholas Alahverdian, a former legislative aide for the Rhode Island House of Representatives hired at the age of 14, has been fighting for DCYF reform since 2002. Alahverdian suffered torture, abuse, and negligence in the infamous night-to-night program at the same time he worked for the state government. 

When legislators and the media began to act and report on the abuse Alahverdian was suffering, he was exiled by Family Court Chief Judge Jeremiah S. Jeremiah and Governor Donald L. Carcieri to two facilities — Manatee Palms in Florida and Boys Town Residential Treatment Center in Nebraska — which were later closed by their own states for torture, abuse, and neglect. Thought that period of time, Alahverdian was allowed to contact no one at all — lawyers, the courts, DCYF social workers, the police.

Alahverdian later sued his abusers in federal court in Rhode Island, led an attempted state and federal legislative blitz to attempt to enhance DCYF policies and practices, and studied comparative literature at Harvard University. 

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Resources: 

T.J. Wright Killing: http://www.nbcnews.com/id/29263056/ns/us_news-crime_and_courts/t/man-gets-life-fatal-beating-over-spilt-milk/#.W8fjzS2ZORs

Nicholas Alahverdian Biography: https://www.nicholasalahverdian.com/nicholas-alahverdian-biography/

Brief Nicholas Alahverdian biographical video (2011): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vnYCsZg-FdY

2011 WPRI 12 Story on Nicholas Alahverdian story and legislation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VTufox9v7to

2002 Providence Journal Column by Bob Kerr- https://www.nicholasalahverdian.com/posts/posts-14611102483-a-survivor-tells-the-story-of-kid-dumping/ 

2011 Providence Journal Column by Bob Kerr- https://www.nicholasalahverdian.com/nicholas-alahverdian/nicholas-alahverdian-he-knows-the-ri-system-inside-and-out/

Providence Journal op-ed 2017 – http://www.providencejournal.com/opinion/20170407/nicholas-alahverdian-dcyf-workers-need-help-to-protect-children

Time to go, Raimondo: Nicholas Alahverdian releases 2018 endorsements for upcoming November election

It’s that time again. And Gina Raimondo’s days before losing the election are numbered.

The signs and pins come out.

Your door is knocked upon by seemingly friendly and overexcited volunteers.

You’re caught off guard by the random candidates you’ve seen on tv standing on line at Dunkin’ Donuts (we can still call it that for the time being, right?).

It’s election season. Continue reading Time to go, Raimondo: Nicholas Alahverdian releases 2018 endorsements for upcoming November election

Press Release: Rhode Island DCYF expert calls for House and Senate review of long-delayed legislation

Nicholas Alahverdian legislation would satisfy federal concerns

Continue reading Press Release: Rhode Island DCYF expert calls for House and Senate review of long-delayed legislation

DCYF Report: Recurrent, vile and ominous abuse findings. Again.

Mattiello and Raimondo need to go. Here’s why.

By Nicholas Alahverdian
nicholasalahverdian.com

I have, in collaboration with current and former Representatives Bob DaSilva, Raymond Hull, Michael Marcello, Anastasia Williams and multitudinous others, drafted and submitted bills to ameliorate the seemingly irremediable Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF). We have introduced this legislation year after year. Each bill, year after year, has been held for further study.

Interestingly enough, when I was actively lobbying for this legislation in my 2011 DCYF reform blitz, we had over 40 co-sponsors in the House. Think about that for a second. The House of Representatives has 75 members. There were forty co-sponsors. If those bills were transmitted from committee to the floor for a vote, they would have passed with flying colors. Continue reading DCYF Report: Recurrent, vile and ominous abuse findings. Again.

The Public Current – Nicholas Alahverdian Podcast 2011 | Nicholas Alahverdian

From the archive: Nicholas Alahverdian twice tried his hand at podcasting. His first attempt – a 2011 podcast from NexusGovernment on legislative issues facing the people of . Continue reading The Public Current – Nicholas Alahverdian Podcast 2011 | Nicholas Alahverdian

Nicholas Alahverdian: Carnegie and Wealth

BY Nicholas Alahverdian 

Andrew Carnegie was the epitome of a philanthropist. The Wealth essay (also known as “The Gospel of Wealth”) is reminiscent of the belief that it is ethically advantageous to be poor in a rich nation than it is to be rich in a poor nation. Every age has faced the quarrel of wealth distribution, and the associated decisiveness is no small task to handle. From an ethical perspective, it is imperative that those who are more fortunate assist those in need. Continue reading Nicholas Alahverdian: Carnegie and Wealth

Speech on Armenian Genocide | Nicholas Alahverdian

Nicholas Alahverdian

Your honor the Mayor, City Commissioners, Mr. City Manager, Madam Clerk, ladies and gentlemen:

I’m Nicholas Alahverdian and I am honored to appear before our dynamic mayor and distinguished commissioners once again. I would, for the last time, like to address the events of 1915. From the bottom of my heart, I want to express my gratitude for the proclamation of April 24, 2015 as “Armenian Centennial Remembrance Day”.

Over the past week, I have had the opportunity to reflect, pray, and ponder. My thoughts and prayers have been with those that were slaughtered, killed, or orphaned.

Nicholas Alahverdian, Providence, Rhode Island
Nicholas Alahverdian

During my previous two visits before this honorable commission and your honor the mayor, I appeared here as an impassioned and unlikely descendant of the survivors of this blood-curdling nightmare. 

But now, after much reflection and contemplation, I have come to the conclusion that now – more than ever – we must be cognizant of America’s democratic legacy.

By virtue of April 24th being called, “Centennial Remembrance Day”, I have learned a valuable lesson that I feel is worthy to be shared. 

Our democratic legacy is at risk more than ever. We see equality of Americans at more risk than ever. Deplorable organizations like ISIS and al-qaeda threaten our safety. They threaten our freedom. They threaten our liberty. And we must defend our liberty.

We must not feed the fire of war

That is why we must not feed the fire of war. We must not dwell on the obsession of evil and exacting revenge – but we must insist on defending the future – starting with our families and our neighborhoods – our communities and our churches – and we start right here, in our great city.

It is even seen on is on the great seal of the United States- The eagle holds an olive branch – symbolic of peace – and arrows – symbolic of protection and defense. Which way does the eagle’s head face?

Towards the talons clasping the olive branches. But we have our arrows for times of need.

The Founding Fathers built a strong democratic legacy – a legacy can never forget.

A legacy that leaves with us a great experiment that we see in action – here – right at this very moment. 

From small beginnings, great things come to pass. We declared our independence in a bold fashion.

We formed a Constitution.

We waved the banner of freedom – and those colors of liberty stand as a testament to all those blessed to live in this country. 

And this freedom – this liberty – does not apply just to those born here. All women and men are created equal.

Nicholas Alahverdian, RI, press conference
Nicholas Alahverdian

Our dynamism is what emboldens us

Whether we are citizens of this nation by birth, whether our ancestors braved the waters of the Atlantic on the Mayflower, or whether we just moved to this week – a city known around the globe for dynamism and innovation – last week, we are all Americans. 

And that, from what I can perceive, is what embodies this city – that is what emboldens us, with unique community initiatives right here in our own city.

We are immigrants. We are citizens by birth. We are here to let our dreams come to pass – but above all – we are Americans.
America is still that great experiment. 

We are still defending the right to govern ourselves. We are still kindling the flame of the freedom born in the hearts of our founding fathers.

We are creating new beginnings every day. Kenyans, Japanese, Chinese, German, Turkish, Armenian, Greek, Irish, Italian – and too many more to name – we are creating new beginnings. 

We are welcoming more and more people to participate in the greatest demonstration of democracy that the world has ever seen – and that flame in our hearts will never be extinguished.

Yes there have been wars. Yes there has been blood shed.

But we move forward. And we stand united to progress in an age to prosper.

And what better place to do that than our great city? 

Welcome them here, to our great inheritance. Welcome them here to build a new life, to make a new opportunity for their families.

No matter our heritage, no matter our religious conviction, no matter our nationality – we are – above all – Americans. 

Gratitude

And it is in the American spirit that I wish to express gratitude for Armenian Centennial Remembrance Day. We warn those who threaten our democracy – they understand us perfectly. We try to reach out and understand – but no, they understand us perfectly. 

We will not stand for intolerance, invasion, or ethnocentrism. They are anarchists – that is the role that they are determined to play and so it is our duty to play ours – the Americans that stop the anarchists.

To all else, we say remember this: you are welcome here.  Welcome to America. 

Let us celebrate that great spirit of freedom right here. No more wars. No more. Let’s make this place the home of those who harness the power of peace and say to all of our brothers and sisters: Welcome to our great city. 

About Nicholas Alahverdian

Nicholas Alahverdian is a Harvard-educated scholar and political activist. As an adolescent, Nicholas survived torture and abuse inflicted upon him by the Rhode Island government under the direct orders of a chief judge and a governor following his political activism against them while Alahverdian was an employee of the Rhode Island House of Representatives.

Nicholas was sent to two facilities far from New England that had extensive records of torture, abuse, and negligence. He was forced to remain in these abusive facilities until his 18th birthday and was not allowed to contact anyone, go to school, or prepare for adulthood. Alahverdian survived the torture, sued his abusers, settled in court, and studied at Harvard University.

The primary scholarly focus of Nicholas Alahverdian is the intersection of philology, rhetoric, and politics. He has been featured in The Providence Journal, NPR, BBC, NBC, CBS, and ABC News as well as The Buddy Cianci Show, The Boston Globe and countless other media entities.

Nicholas Alahverdian, Harvard